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Hematology: A Pathophysiologic Approach
Author: S. David Hudnall
Pages:  171  Soft Cover
ISBN 13:
978-0-323-04311-3
Mosby/ Elsevier   2012
List Price:  $41.95

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Medical Science Books .com  Medical Book Review:    

     Hematology: A Pathophysiologic Approach, the latest addition to the highly popular Mosby Physiology Monograph Series, sets the standard for the medical student market on publications introducing this complex topic.  Most impressive among the strengths of this title is the amount of information the reader is guided through in less than 170 pages in total length.  This includes a dedicated section gathering a generous selection of full color figures from the chapters which makes an excellent beginners’ hematology atlas of blood smears and histological sections.

     Perhaps due to the heavy involvement of clinical laboratory techniques, many students tend to find Hematology less approachable in terms of delving into a more detailed knowledge beyond basic blood test results.  This book takes the time to describe, in some detail, the basic science beyond several of the most important laboratory procedures to take some of the “mystery” out of what happens to blood samples in the lab.  It also holds true to its title, in taking a pathophysiologic approach to the information with clinical examples and explanations woven into each chapter.  This more integrated approach seems to work well with students particularly when dealing with more detailed concepts like hematopoiesis if they can see what doors are opened up by its application.

     The book follows the philosophy of the other titles in the Mosby Monograph Series by providing a unified treatment of a core area in physiology, either written by a single author or a co-author team.  In this instance, the experience and, as written in the preface by the author,   gusto with which this project was undertaken is apparent.  Many single author texts are rife with clear biases in the space allotted to arguably more or less important material and often the book is simply written more as a showcase of the author’s knowledge base rather than as a teaching guide.  Hematology: A Pathophysiologic Approach is much more balanced and therefore more useful to students who need a wide base of knowledge as they approach board exams, and clinics.  Readers will have more than an adequate background in hematology topics that will allow them to confidently handle USMLE exam questions dealing with hematology, integrate this information more seamlessly with related fields like immunology, and challenge themselves with more advanced texts.  

 

Ratings (1-4 , 4 being the highest):

Organization of information:    3

Usefulness of book:     3.5

Suitable for intended audience:    4

Author’s objectives met:      4

Significant number of illustrations:     3.5

Quality of illustrations:    3.5

Description:

Hematology: A Pathophysiologic Approach, by S. David Hudnall, MD, FCAP, delivers an accessible yet thorough understanding of hematolymphoid physiology and pathophysiology. This new title in the Mosby Physiology Monograph Series offers you masterful explanations of hematopoiesis, immunology, hemostasis, hemoglobinopathy, metabolic disorders, genetics, and neoplasia from an authority who has 26 years of practical experience in laboratory hematology and has taught thousands of medical and undergraduate students. In print and online at www.studentconsult.com, this is an ideal integrated, problem-based way to learn about this complex subject.
 

Key Features:

  • Receive masterful explanations of hematopoiesis, immunology, hemostasis, hemoglobinopathy, metabolic disorders, genetics, and neoplasia from S. David Hudnall, MD, FCAP, who has 26 years of practical experience in laboratory hematology and has taught thousands of medical and undergraduate students.
  • Understand the interrelationships between the diverse factors that can give rise to disease.
  • See how hematologic disorders are evaluated through blood counting, histopathology, immunohistochemistry, cytogenetics, and coagulation testing.
  • Visualize a wide spectrum of hematologic pathology by viewing 150 full-color photomicrographs.
  • Access the complete contents online at www.studentconsult.com.

 

Table of Contents:

Chapter 1. Hematopoiesis

Chapter 2. Erythropoiesis and Oxygen Transport

Chapter 3. Iron, Heme, and Hemoglobin

Chapter 4. Hemoglobinopathy

Chapter 5. Red Blood Cell Metabolism and Enzyme Defects

Chapter 6. Hemolytic Anemia

Chapter 7. Aplastic Anemia and Related Disorders

Chapter 8. Megaloblastic Anemia

Chapter 9. Myeloid Cells

Chapter 10. Immune System and Related Disorders

Chapter 11. Genetic Basis of Hematopoietic Neoplasia

Chapter 12. Leukemia and Related Disorders

Chapter 13. Lymphoma and Related Disorders

Chapter 14. Blood Coagulation

Chapter 15. Platelets

Chapter 16. Benign Conditions of Lymphoid Organs

Chapter 17. Blood Transfusion and Stem Cell Transplantation

Chapter 18. Cancer Chemotherapy

 

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